Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne Review!

Started: July 31, 2016

Finished: July 31, 2016

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.


So.

Anyone that knows me knows that I’ve been asking and hoping for a canon next generation story since I read Deathly Hallows in 2008. When I heard about this story, I was ecstatic and had so many hopes and expectations that there was virtually no way that I wasn’t going to be disappointed with this.

Plot twist: I was not disappointed at all.

This story was amazing. And I mean, like absolutely phenomenal. I had heard some bad things going in, so I was really nervous about this story being bad. In my opinion, it was a fantastic story that fit right in with the style and setting of the original Harry Potter books. One thing I really liked was that the plot was actually progressive. It moved throughout the play, there was never a moment where the plot was on pause for some other unrelated thing to happen.

Another thing I really liked was that every character played a role in the plot. They didn’t rely on the other characters to do things for them, and then ride their coattails into the next part of the plot. They all had a role, and none of them overshadowed each other.

And that brings me to another thing that I have to talk about: the characters.

These characters were perfect. They were exactly how I imagined them to be (with the exception of Rose, even though I can see her being the way she was), especially the trio. Harry, Ron, and Hermione were exactly how I pictured them as adults, and as parents. They were fun, and still great friends, but they could be serious when they needed to be.

The other characters, the new ones, were also dazzling. Albus was well-characterized, and true to his character. I actually didn’t like him toward the beginning of the play, but as things went on, he quickly became one of my favorites.

Now that I’ve talked about some of the other characters, let me talk about the one character you all know that I’m going to talk about.

Scorpius Malfoy.

Okay, I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way: Scorpius Malfoy was the best thing ever. Scorpius has been one of my favorite characters for a very long time, but it’s always been based solely in fanfiction and fandom. Now that I have a canon story, I can now officially call Scorpius Malfoy my favorite character.

He was just so wonderful that I can barely put it into words. He was witty, nerdy, and relatable. He was the best character in the story by far, and I can’t imagine the story without him. His characterization was well-developed, and I didn’t have any questions about his character. Out of everything, I felt like I knew Scorpius Malfoy. He felt so familiar to me, and I know that is due to my anticipation of his character and the overall presentation of his character in the story.

All in all, this was absolutely the next generation story that I’ve been waiting for. It was suspenseful, it was interesting, and above all, it was just plain fantastic. I wish I could go out and immediately see the play, but for now, this script will have to do, and I know I will reread it as soon as this year is over and I’m rereading books again. Please give this a read, even if you are uncertain about a continuation of Harry Potter. It’s a great addition to the books, and I think you won’t be disappointed.

July Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

So it hasn’t been a very active reading month, but I’m going to do this post anyway because I like being consistent!

I read two books in the month of July and bought six so let’s get started!


1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen, #1

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 8 days

Synopsis: This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 4 days

Synopsis: At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.  Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.


Now for my book haul!

1. The McCullagh Inn in Maine by Jen McLaughlin

Series: McCullagh Inn, #1

Length: 160 pages

Have I Read It: No

2. Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Series: N/A

Length: 384 pages

Have I Read It: No

3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Series: Harry Potter, #8

Length: 320 pages

Have I Read It: No

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #1

Length: 387 pages

Have I Read It: No

5. The Cellar by Natasha Preston

Series: The Cellar, #1

Length: 347 pages

Have I Read It: No

6. The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman

Series: N/A

Length: 288 pages

Have I Read It: No


And that’s it for my July wrap-up and haul!

I hope to read a lot more books in August, even though school starts, but I really feel like it’s going to be a great reading month!

Come back tomorrow for my July book favorites!

Top 10 Things I Want to See in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

Hello, readers!

Welcome to day 7 of Harry Potter Week, the final day!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is released in stores tomorrow at midnight, and you can bet that I’m going to be there!

So for today’s post, I’m going to tell you the top 10 things I, a self-proclaimed Harry Potter next generation expert, want to see in Cursed Child.

Just so you know, I have remained spoiler-free about this whole thing (I avoided spoilers like the plague) and everything on this list is completely spoiler-free. If there is something that is actually right about the story, then it is just a happy coincidence.

Let’s get started!


10. Some kind of realistic marital issues (arguments, tension, etc.)

We don’t really see much of this in the original books, and I think Cursed Child (while it’s about all the characters, new and old) could have some kind of marital tension between any of the couples that we encounter in the story.

9. The trio (Harry, Ron, Hermione) playing a major/minor role in the story

This one is difficult, because of course I want to see them play a role in the story that’s pretty big, but we’ve seen enough of them as full major characters. I mean, we have seven books. Let the kids take the major role, but keep the trio in for a somewhat big role, but an otherwise minor part.

8. Rose Weasley be a mix of Ron and Hermione, and not a carbon copy of one of them

This is a trope I see ALL THE TIME in fanfiction, where Rose either takes completely after Ron or completely after Hermione with no trace of the other at all. I want to see Rose with the brains of her mother and the personality of her father. Or the personality of her mother, and the Quidditch skills of her father. Just something that proves she was the product of combined genetics, and not asexual reproduction.

7. Teddy Lupin

This one is probably a long shot because Teddy would have just left Hogwarts as Albus is going in, but I just really want to see him. Even if it’s just a short cameo appearance, I want to see Teddy Lupin.

6. The rest of the Weasley family

By this, I mean the rest of the next generation. Most of them are at Hogwarts by this time, and I just hope we get to see them at least once.

5. Scorpius, Albus, and Rose being friends

Honestly, I feel like this one is a given, but I just really hope that they’re friends. I can’t imagine a next generation story where they’re not.

4. Astoria Malfoy

She’s nowhere to be seen in the character portraits? So I’m wondering if something has happened to her, so I just really want that to be addressed or for her to make an appearance.

3. Harry being a really great dad

I really want Harry to be the kind of dad that James would have been if he had been alive, and I know that’s probably not likely (he’ll be a great dad, but probably not like I’m imagining), but I can dream.

2. Albus being a Slytherin

Slytherin needs some redemption, who’s with me?

1. Scorpius Malfoy being the best thing on Earth

Honestly, I’m so biased about Scorpius because he’s one of my favorite characters, so no matter what he does, he’ll probably be the best thing on Earth to me.


And that’s it for my top 10 things I want to see in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!

I hope you’ve enjoyed Harry Potter Week and I hope that you’re as excited about Cursed Child as I am!

I’ll be back on Sunday for a post about the Barnes & Noble midnight release party!

See you then!

My Top 10 Favorite Harry Potter Moments!

Hello, readers!

Welcome to day 6 of Harry Potter Week on Reviews by Hannah!

This will be the second to last post in Harry Potter Week, so that I can make a post on Sunday about the Cursed Child book release!

For today’s post, I will be listing out my top 10 favorite Harry Potter moments!

Let’s get started!


10. Hermione punches Malfoy (Prisoner of Azkaban)

“Look at him blubber! Have you ever seen anything quite as pathetic?” said Malfoy. “And he’s supposed to be our teacher!”
Harry and Ron both made furious moves toward Malfoy, but Hermione got there first — SMACK!
She had slapped Malfoy across the face with all the strength she could muster. Malfoy staggered. Harry, Ron, Crabbe, and Goyle stood flabbergasted as Hermione raised her hand again.
“Hermione!” said Ron weakly, and he tried to grab her hand as she swung it back.
“Get off, Ron!”
Hermione pulled out her wand. Malfoy stepped backward. Crabbe and Goyle looked at him for instructions, thoroughly bewildered.
“C’ mon,” Malfoy muttered, and in a moment, all three of them had disappeared into the passageway to the dungeons.

I mean, who doesn’t love this scene?

9. The first appearance of Tom Riddle (Chamber of Secrets)

“Voldemort,” said Riddle softly, “is my past, present, and future, Harry Potter.”

I freaking love this scene. It sends chills down my spine in the movie, and when I read it. I’m not the biggest fan of Chamber of Secrets, but this scene is an A+ scene.

8. Harry’s first Christmas at Hogwarts (Sorcerer’s Stone)

Christmas was coming. One morning in mid-December, Hogwarts woke to find itself covered in several feet of snow. The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban. The few owls that managed to battle their way through the stormy sky to deliver mail had to be nursed back to health by Hagrid before they could fly off again.

This scene is absolutely beautiful in the movies, and it just sounds so magical in the books, that I can’t help but love it.

7. The Department of Mysteries battle (Order of the Phoenix)

Did you actually believe, or are you truly naive enough to think, that children stood a chance against us? I’ll make this simple for you, Potter. Give me the prophecy now… or watch your friends die.

This is probably my favorite battle in the series, which is saying a lot with all of the battles in Deathly Hallows, but it’s so exciting and there’s so many good scenes within it so it makes it onto my top 10 list.

6. Yule Ball (Goblet of Fire)

The Yule Ball is of course a chance for us all to — er — let our hair down.

I love the Yule Ball scene, and everything about it. It’s such a fun scene in the midst of a lot of drama and uneasiness, and it was exactly what that book needed.

5. The Seven Potters (Deathly Hallows)

That’s him, it’s him, it’s the real one!

This scene was just really funny to me (until the battle) and I just really like it because it actually was a very well-written battle scene and just a good opening scene for the book.

4. The Tale of the Three Brothers (Deathly Hallows)

“Death had an Invisibility Cloak?

Sometimes he gets tired of running at people flapping his arms and shrieking—sorry Hermione.

This scene is mainly because of the movie because I could watch the animation for hours and still be in love with it. The book version is a little less magical but still one of my favorites because it made me laugh with Ron’s interjections.

3. Harry’s first Quidditch match (Sorcerer’s Stone)

“Ron and Hermione joined Neville, Seamus, and Dean the West Ham fan up in the top row. As a surprise for Harry, they had painted a large banner on one of the sheets Scabbers had ruined. It said Potter for President.”

This scene is just so heartwarming for me because it shows the friendship between Ron, Hermione, and Harry for the first time in a wide scope. It’s also a fan’s first immersion into Quidditch, and it feels very magical the first time that you read it.

2. Malfoy Manor (Deathly Hallows)

Harry Potter, Dobby has come to rescue you.

This scene breaks my heart in a million and one ways: Dobby’s death, Hermione’s torture, and Ron’s emotional breakdown in the cellar. But it shows how deep the friendship is between Ron, Harry, and Hermione and the lengths they will go to to protect each other. It is also a rare moment that we get to see Draco’s desire to save someone other than himself when he lies about recognizing Harry and the group. It’s just a really amazing scene, and heartbreaking at the same time.

1. The epilogue (Deathly Hallows)

It’s me. I’m extremely famous.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a big fan of the Harry Potter next generation. I love the idea of the story continuing on in the children of the trio and that’s a big reason why I’m so excited for Cursed Child. Plus, this scene is just so funny to me and I love it so much and don’t even get me started on the movie version because they completely butchered it and in my opinion that doesn’t even exist. So the book version of the epilogue is definitely my favorite Harry Potter moment out of all seven books.


And that’s it for my top 10 favorite Harry Potter moments!

Let me know your favorite moments in the comments!

Come back tomorrow for the final post of Harry Potter Week on Reviews by Hannah!

A Beginner’s Guide to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Hello, readers!

Welcome to day 5 of Harry Potter Week!

For those of you who don’t know (probably all of you), I’ve been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida twice. Once for the Hogsmeade portion on a school trip (they didn’t have Diagon Alley back then), and then once for both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

For those of you who hope to plan a trip to the theme park, I made this nice little list of do’s and don’t’s for you to think about on your trip.

Note that this is not a definitive guide to the park and I am most definitely not an expert. I’ve never worked at the park or anything like that, I’m simply a big fan and I hope to go back to make a lot more memories there.

So let’s get started!


1. DO take lots of pictures

 

This one should be a given.

Between both parks, there is SO MUCH to see. There’s a zero percent chance that you’re going to remember it all. So take a camera (or just your phone, even) and take pictures of everything. I have over five hundred pictures of my day at the park, and I get to relive it every time I look at the pictures. So take as many pictures as you want, no one is going to be judging you for nerding out a little, especially if it’s your first trip there.

2. DON’T be discouraged by the lines

Let’s be real: this place is a popular place. The lines are a bit crazy long, but the park is so well managed that the lines feel like they take ten minutes instead of an hour. I waited in line by myself for two and half hours for a ride and there was so much to look at and amazing people to talk to in line that it felt so much shorter.

3. DO try to ride the rides

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I know some people with disabilities aren’t able to ride the rides, but if you are capable of riding the rides, please give them a try.

These rides are my favorite rides of any amusement park I’ve ever been to. When I first went, I thought Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was the best ride that I’ve ever been on. Now after my second trip, I think Escape from Gringotts is the best ride I’ve ever ridden. I’ve also ridden Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge and while they’re pretty typical amusement park rides, they’re still really fun to ride with the rest of the fans there.

4. DON’T be pushy

This goes back to this being a very crowded place. Sometimes people get too close because there is simply nowhere else for them to go. No one likes when someone starts trying to push their way through the crowd to get to a ride or a restaurant before everyone else. Just smile, be kind, and wait your turn. Try striking up a conversation with a fellow fan around you. You might make a new friend!

5. DO visit the shops

Even if you don’t want to buy any souvenirs, or you can’t buy any, you should still definitely visit the shops. They are an attraction within themselves, especially Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Honeydukes. Seeing all of these things brought to life in the shops will make you feel nostalgic for the series all over again.

6. DON’T be afraid to show House pride

Seriously, don’t be afraid of wearing your Harry Potter merch to the park. I guarantee there will always be someone there who is nerding out more than you are. The first time I went, I wanted to be cool (I was in a phase) so I didn’t wear anything Harry Potter themed to the park. That changed quickly because I bought a Gryffindor scarf and a Hogwarts pin so the whole cool phase left at the exact moment that that scarf became mine. So seriously, wear that awesome Ravenclaw beanie or that super cool Slytherin t-shirt. You’ll probably get lots of compliments on it, anyway.

7. DO talk to the Knight Bus conductor

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I’m not exaggerating one bit when I say this was one of the highlights of my trip. He was hilarious and so was the shrunken head on the Knight Bus. Seriously, just wait for this guy and have a conversation with him. You won’t regret it.

8. DON’T miss the little Easter eggs hidden throughout the parks

There are tons of little curios from the movies scattered throughout both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Make sure you look out for them so you don’t miss them!

9. DO try the butterbeer!

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Honestly, how could you not try the butterbeer? I would recommend trying it frozen, or in ice cream form, but any way that you try it, just try not to leave the park without getting at least one cup (or two…or three).


And those are my nine tips for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida!

I hope that if you’re planning a trip in the near or far future that it’s the best trip of your life and it lives up to every dream that you have about the parks!

Come back tomorrow for day 6 of Harry Potter Week on Reviews by Hannah (we’re in the final stretch! Only four days until Cursed Child!)

Top 10 Best Harry Potter Fanfictions!

Hello, readers!

Welcome to day 4 of Harry Potter Week on Reviews by Hannah!

Today, I’m going to be sharing my list of the top 10 best Harry Potter fanfictions!

Small disclaimer, these are based entirely on my enjoyment of the fics, not the writing or the technical details of them. These are the ones that I loved the stories, and there are a lot of fanfics that I’ve enjoyed that didn’t make it onto this list. If none of these strike you as interesting, I still encourage you to go out and find a fanfic that you enjoy!

Let’s get started!


10. Pink by DiamondintheDark

Summary: She wants pink and faeries and he can’t give that to her.

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Romance/Angst

Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy

Chapters: 1

Words: 775

Status: Complete

Found here

9. Never Again by TedandVic4ever

Summary: Scorpius Malfoy never breaks any of his rules when he’s on the job, until he finds himself breaking all of them for the one girl he swore he would never fall for, Rose Weasley.

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Romance/Drama

Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy

Chapters: 35

Words: 84,272

Status: Complete

Found here

8. Happy Anniversary Darling by voilawriter

Summary: Six drinks and a date on the calender that Scorpius forgot. Rose is done.

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Romance/Angst

Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy

Chapters: 1

Words: 685

Status: Complete

Found here

7. Unwanted Betrothal by Lady-Delphinea

Summary: With the wizarding race in trouble the Ministry reinstates an old law forcing the betrothal of Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy. With a year of betrothal ahead of them both will do what they can to make it fail… but will something change within them?

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Romance/Drama

Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy

Chapters: 31

Words: 111, 739

Status: Complete

Found here

6. The Other Woman by IrishMythe

Summary: The other woman, that’s what they called her. One of the more polite names to be sure. She could feel their lingering glares as she strode through the corridors of the castle, she could hear their whispered accusations during lessons, she could feel the mistrust radiating from each and every one of them. And yet, she did not care… and why should she, when she knew the truth?

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Romance/Angst

Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy

Chapters: 26

Words: 106, 903

Status: Complete

Found here

5. When the Snake Left the Lion by writergal24

Summary: It’s generally accepted that Rose and Scorpius fall in love. It’s also generally accepted that the Weasley family eventually gets over this. But what if they never did, and then Scorpius died, leaving Rose alone?

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Family/Hurt/Comfort

Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy

Chapters: 1

Words: 4,023

Status: Complete

Found here

 

4. Child Head Girl by roloweasley27

Summary: Head Girl Rose Weasley is slipped a faulty de-aging potion that leaves her stuck as a five year old. Confused, she attaches herself to the first person she sees, and that happens to be Head Boy Scorpius Malfoy. How will Scorpius cope when he is put in charge of the Child Head Girl?

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Family/Romance

Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy

Chapters: 52

Words: 79,295

Status: Complete

Found here

3. The Spectator by languidbones

Summary: “It’s silly, isn’t it? I was silly for him. I think I always will be.” The inevitability of Rose and Scorpius, as observed by Lysander Scamander.

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Romance/Drama

Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy

Chapters: 1

Words: 6,665

Status: Complete

Found here

2. Not As Our Fathers Would Do by zipple

Summary: Just your typical love against the odds story. Well, maybe not so typical. Scorpius and Rose fanfiction. Ah… young love and ancient evil.

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Romance/Adventure

Pairing: Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy

Chapters: 37

Words: 75,066

Status: Complete

Found here

1. A Mourning to Remember by hermy008

Summary: A revealing tale starring everyone’s favorite ginger and brunette pair. It’s been a year since the defeat of Voldemort, but things are far from over. After a year of absence, Ron and Hermione are back again at Shell Cottage to help Fleur prepare the house for her baby shower. Needless to say, old memories come to the forefront and painful discoveries are made. Hearts are broken and healed again.

Rating: T

Language: English

Genre: Romance/Angst

Pairing: Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger

Chapters: 5

Words: 7,528

Status: Complete

Found here


Those are my picks for the top 10 best Harry Potter fanfictions! I’ve read fanfiction for six years now, and these are the best ones that I’ve read in my experience. The number one fanfic is the very first fanfic I’ve ever read, so while it may not be the best written one, it is certainly my favorite fanfic on this list!

What’s your favorite Harry Potter fanfic? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll give it a read!

Come back tomorrow for another Harry Potter-themed post on day 5 of Harry Potter Week!

My Life in the Harry Potter Fandom!

Hello, readers!

Welcome to day 3 of Harry Potter Week!

My name is Hannah, and I have a serious Harry Potter addiction (which I’m sure you already know).

I’m here today to tell you all about my life in the Harry Potter fandom and what it’s done and how much fun I’ve had because of it.

So, let’s get started!


Harry Potter fandom

The year is 2008. I am ten years old, and I have just picked up my first Harry Potter book from the school library.

My first adventure into the Harry Potter fandom began as a quasi-book club with my friend when we both decided to read the series to find out what all the hype was about.

She gave up after book two. I never put them down.

I fell in love with the Wizarding world from the very first page. I had always been a huge book lover, but this was something I had never experienced. This book, this world was such a new concept to my brain that it blew my mind in every way. I kept reading through the series, and I only took a break in the summer because the last two books were constantly on hold in the public library.

That last year of elementary school was one of the best for me. One of my other friends was really into the series as well, and one of my most vivid memories is of us doing a school project where we created a product and had to advertise it to our class. My friend and I did a cereal called “Harry Potter-O’s” and my friend drew the Harry Potter scar on our foreheads with permanent markers. That was a pain to get off, but it’s a fun memory nonetheless.

When I got to sixth grade (middle school), I finally got my hands on the last two books. And that was the end of everything. I was a certified Harry Potter nerd (seriously thats what kids at school called me and it was a few years before I could reclaim that term as my own). In that same year, I lost my best friend that I’d had since kindergarten because she decided that she wanted to grow up and not be associated with me anymore. For the next year, I had one friend (not even a good friend). The only thing that was a constant in my life was Harry Potter.

It was around this time that I started going to youth group at my church, and even there I would sit on my youth minister’s couch and read Harry Potter. I didn’t read any other books and I hardly watched any other movies.

That same pattern continued until eighth grade (just with slightly more friends). The movies were slowly coming to an end, and I was looking for some way to fill the void of the end of Harry Potter.

That’s when I discovered fanfiction.

When I discovered mugglenet.com, and its fanfiction section, I fell in love. Stories about what happens after the end of the series? Stories about Ron and Hermione, my favorite fictional couple at the time? Sign me up!

I started reading fanfiction all the time. Before I had a smartphone, I had a little iPod touch, and I would screenshot fanfiction so I could read it offline and show it to my best fandom friend. I was totally hooked.

I started creating my own fanfiction about halfway through my eighth grade year. I created a fanfiction about my favorite subject, the Harry Potter next generation. I had always been a writer (I’m working on about three novels right now) and fanfiction just seemed like a great way to work with characters that I didn’t have to think about as much.

I switched schools when I went into high school because I wanted a change of scenery, and I kept writing fanfiction and found a ton of people who seemed to understand my life in fandom. I didn’t get enough courage to actually post anything until halfway through my senior year of high school when I finally created my fanfiction account, BouquetOfScoroses. As of today, I’ve posted ten fanfictions on my account and my most popular story has 7,321 views and is currently in a rewrite to make it better. I’ve grown immensely as a writer and I believe that a lot of that is due to the Harry Potter fandom and the fanfiction community.

I am now in college and I am still an active member of the Harry Potter fandom. These books will be the ones that I read to my children before they can read them for themselves. They mean a lot to me, and I hope that everyone can feel the way I did when I first read this magical series.


Thanks for reading My Life in the Harry Potter Fandom! I’ve loved sharing my story with you guys, and I encourage you all to do the same in the comments!

Come back tomorrow for day 4 of Harry Potter week on Reviews by Hannah!

Ultimate Harry Potter Tag!

Hello, readers!

Welcome to day 2 of Harry Potter Week on Reviews by Hannah!

There are only six days until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is released, and today and I am going to be doing the Ultimate Harry Potter Tag!

I found this tag from thebookvagrant on Youtube, and her video can be found here.

Let’s get started!


1. Favorite book?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!
2. Least favorite book? 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! I like it, but out of all seven, it’s definitely my least favorite.
3. Favorite movie? 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1!
4. Least favorite movie? 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! Again, I like it, but I like all of the other movies a lot better.
5. Favorite quote?

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living. And above all, pity those who live without love.” -Albus Dumbledore
6. Favorite Weasley? 

Ron Weasley! I love him so much, and he’s my favorite character in the series, but I think Rose Weasley is going to give him a run for his money for favorite Weasley in Cursed Child!
7. Favorite female character?

Luna Lovegood!
8. Favorite villain?

Bellatrix Lestrange!
9. Favorite male character?

Ron Weasley!
10. Favorite professor?

Minerva McGonagall!
WOULD YOU RATHER
11. A, Wash Snape’s hair, or B, spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?

Listen to Lockhart rant about himself!
12. Duel A, an elated Bellatrix, or B, an angry Molly?

Duel an elated Bellatrix. I don’t think anyone would want to duel an angry Molly.
13. Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express or B. flying car?

Hogwarts Express! How cool would that be?
14. A, Kiss Voldemort. Or B, give Umbridge a bubble bath?

Kiss Voldemort. I am staying far away from Umbridge.
15. A, ride a hippogriff, B, ride a firebolt?

Ride a hippogriff. I don’t trust broomsticks.
BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION
16. Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books?

Ginny Weasley. They just completely murdered her character to me.
17. Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?

Nope!
18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Michael Gambon!
19. Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you most?

PEEVES!
20. If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

Deathly Hallows Part 2!
HOGWARTS
21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Ravenclaw!
22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottemore (or another online sorting quiz)?

Hufflepuff!
23. Which class would be your favourite?

Charms!
24. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Alohomora!

 

25. Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?

Hermione Granger!
MISCELLANEOUS
26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

Resurrection Stone!
27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? This can be a character, and event, anything.

Nothing!
28. Favorite marauder?

Sirius Black!
29. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Dobby!
30. Hallows or horcruxes?

Hallows, obviously!


Thanks for reading my Ultimate Harry Potter book tag!

I had a lot of fun thinking about my answers for these, and I hope you know a little bit more about my Harry Potter preferences now!

Come back tomorrow for another Harry Potter-themed post for Harry Potter Week!

See you then!

My Favorite Series of All Time!

Hello, readers!

So I haven’t actually read a book since I finished I’ll Give You the Sun.

As a book blogger, that sounds terrible, but I have a reason.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD COMES OUT IN EXACTLY ONE WEEK.

To prepare for this momentous occasion, I haven’t started any other book because I don’t want to have to drop it to start reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

I will also be posting one Harry Potter-themed post a day, including this one (which includes Harry Potter) and my life in the Harry Potter fandom.

So to fill the book-shaped hole in my heart, I thought I would tell you guys a little bit about my favorite series of all time (because obviously Harry Potter is one of them because it is my life).

So let’s get started!


Listed in no particular order:

1.) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

As I said before, Harry Potter is obviously one of my favorite series of all time. I won’t go into it here, but a post later this week will tell you all about my experiences in the Harry Potter fandom and my life as a Harry Potter fan.

2. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Oh man, do I love this series! If you’ve read some of my past book tags (and my about page), you’ll know how much I love Finnick Odair. He’s only part of what made this series one of my favorites. It’s amazing, and I love the writing. I wish Suzanne Collins would write a prequel to the series, or anything really just so I can read more of her fantastic writing.

3. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

This one could be an unpopular choice because I know a lot of fans of this series kind of turned against it because of Cassandra Clare and because of the two separate stories, but I love it. I was obsessed for about a year with this series, and Jace remains one of my favorite fictional characters and the one of the male characters that I would probably marry. I love this series, and it’s in my top favorite series of all time, even though I’m not a fan of Cassandra Clare at all.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

It took me forever to read this series, but I love it. Luke Castellan is one of my favorite fictional characters, and this series put me through so many emotions that it’s pretty much impossible for it not to be on this list.

5. Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

For me, you can’t have Percy Jackson and the Olympians without its spinoff series, Heroes of Olympus. I LOVE this series. I love this series more than PJO and that’s saying something. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Blood of Olympus, but the rest of the series is so amazing. This series is the reason that I started reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians because I wanted to finish it to get to this series. I can’t believe how much I love it, and I can’t wait to finally read Trials of Apollo when I buy it.

6. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

This trilogy is home to my favorite book of all time, Shiver. Let me get something out there: there is nothing I don’t like about this series. Just like Harry Potter, there’s something about this series that feels like home to me. It’s amazing, and I encourage everyone to read (so the fandom can grow and be big enough to warrant me being super-involved in it like I am now).

8. Books of Faerie series by Maggie Stiefvater

Aha! A series that not even my friends would anticipate seeing on this list! I hardly ever talk about this series because every time that I do I get heartbroken that the third book will probably never be released (please, Maggie?). I read these when I first discovered Maggie Stiefvater, and now I can barely connect the two. I always, and I mean always, forget that this series is a Maggie Stiefvater series. It just doesn’t read to me like The Wolves of Mercy Falls or The Raven Cycle (which will not be appearing on this list, despite my love of the first book), but that does not make it any less beautiful. I highly encourage you to give this series a try, because it’s one of the most underrated series in the book community.


 And that’s it for my favorite series of all time!

Some of my favorite series that I’ve talked about before, such as Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and TrueColors by Melody Carlson, aren’t on here because I haven’t finished them at this current time. Others aren’t on here because there are too many problems in the series that I just can’t overlook to call them my favorite series.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and comment below to tell me some of your favorite series!

Come back tomorrow for another Harry Potter-themed post!

See you then!

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Review!

Started: July 4, 2016

Finished: July 7, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.


So, I really loved this book.

I went into this book knowing that I would probably really like it because The Sky is Everywhere is one of my favorite books. When I read that novel, I immediately looked around for more Jandy Nelson novels because I loved her writing and the way that she developed characters. I was so disappointed when I learned that The Sky is Everywhere was her only novel at the time. When I saw that this book was out, I knew that I needed to have it, but I just got around to reading it.

It was just as good as The Sky is Everywhere.

At first, this book was really weird to me. I didn’t really understand the characters at the beginning (like Noah’s quirks and Jude’s bible-thumping), and the story was a little confusing at the very beginning. Once I got used to a new story (going from Red Queen to this story was a big change), I just jumped right in.

The story itself was very reminiscent of other YA contemporary novels, but it’s emphasis on the bond between twins and the dynamic of family made it stand out a bit more. In other novels that I’ve read that are similar to this, romance was center stage and the family took a backseat. In this story, the romance was still very prominent (most of the underlying problem between the twins had to do with romance), but the importance of family seemed to be a more obvious story point.

The characters reminded me of why I loved Jandy Nelson’s writing so much. Jude and Noah were two of my favorite characters that I’ve read this year. They weren’t exactly relatable, but they were real. I could imagine meeting these characters in my real life, and I love when characters are written that way. I wanted to know more about them and that usually a sign of good characterization for me.

All in all, I really liked this book and I was really happy with everything that happened in it. I think The Sky is Everywhere is still my favorite Jandy Nelson book, but this one is worth the read for anyone looking for a fun contemporary read.


NEXT READ: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke